Richard Gere: "Is that a maxim in my pocket, or am I just happy to see you?
VENICE, Italy (AP) - Richard Gere and Charlize Theron added their voices to a chorus of stars taking swipes at the Bush administration at the Venice Film Festival. "How did we elect Bush twice?" Gere asked rhetorically (…)
"What's interesting to me is how do the bad people among us end up our leaders?" the 58-year-old actor said at a news conference Monday.
Oh Dear. Coming from a moving pictures muppet such as Dick the Gigolo here, that's mighty rich. Rich as a Beverly Hillbilly, no less.
"Still, can you beat that Diss?" sez the motley crowd that form my beloved audience? "Yah, you betcha Yah", sez the Me.
Let's study in detail this profound aphorism from the great 21st century philosopher Richard Gere:
"How did we elect Bush twice?"
By voting for him. Twice. Democracy, majority rule, consent of the governed, free and fair elections, equality before the law, political pluralism, and [expletive omitted for the sake of the lovelies in the audience] Dude.
If Dick the Deep Thinker feels he still has to ask such a - rhetorical, mind you - question circa 2007, then we can reasonably deduce that the Richard Gere School of Thinking Very Hard With The Inside Of Richard Gere's Head belongs either under Authoritarianism or Idiotarianism.
Which, and I digress, is very surprising indeed. Considering the little I know about Richard Gere, through the little tabloids I've read, I would have thought his philosophy, like the rest of the Californian Celluloid Stick Figures was (very) limited to, I don't know, Clitoridianism(1). But I suppose Hollywood actors, when they get close to 60, are bound to discover that one can think with his head too. At least some of them.
"What's interesting to me is how do the bad people among us end up our leaders?"
Ah, interesting — though no very kind to Nancy Pelosi — but what's interesting to me is how do we let all sorts of dropouts, magic dusters and nymphos turned buffoons and jesters on silver screens, whose only talent is to learn tricks and Sit! Quiet! Fetch! at the guy behind the camera's order, think they can claim the moral high ground and lecture us?
I wouldn't let my dog patronize me like that, and I'm sure he can fetch better and faster than Richard Gere. But then, it didn't take my dog 60 years to figure out how to use his brain.
Oh and, forgive my enduring lack of interest for the latest Bimbo Race Championship, but can anybody tell me who the screaming hell is Charlize Theron?
Nevermind, that was asked rhetorically, in a very Richard Gerian fashion. I don't give a flying [expletive omitted for the sake of the lovelies in the audience] about who she is.
Many thanks to my nearly-Adoptive Mom — whom I love just the same nevertheless — Valerie from Texas, for slapping the back of my head and pointing me at the great Bob Parks report and take on the last lecture in Hollywood Philosophy.
Comments thread (29)
2505 - SisterToldjah
I really, really hate it when an actor who has starred in movies I enjoy makes stupid, asinine comments like these. It makes it difficult to watch those movies with the same frame of mind you once did. I'll never view the movie "Pretty Woman" the same again :(
Now, if he were on the "right" side, it would enhance the movie-viewing quite a bit ;)
2507 - bonmotdot
My dear FrenchFroggy, you SHOULD be interested in Charlize. She is sure you must be interested in her. She is a Hollywood type. That is, America's version of dancing circus bears. Except they unfortunately lack that colorful cup thing that circus bears wear over their mouths to keep them shut. Charlize used to dance also. Until a knee injury made her dancing awkward. Unfortunately, then she switched from dancing to talking. Here are some of her famous quotes:
"I think of myself as a highly se*ual creature"
"There's only so much you can do, but if somebody doesn't give you a chance there is nothing you can do"
"I was a little mad at myself because I feel very fortunate"
"I'm happy for people who want to get married. It's not my thing"
So you see, our dancing circus bears are better left with scripts written by intelligent people. When they make up their own words it does not go well.
Many Americans do not rely on the circus bears for political advice. We just shovel money at them (we are funny like that) and hope they will go away before we get a headache.
*Air kisses* Allons Froggie! (or however you say it in French.)
2509 - Chris
I truly enjoy ready your blog. Please continue.
As to the issue of Hollywood folks going overseas and bashing George B. I consider it a blessing. They are out of the country, and we are better for it.
2510 - tinga-tinga
The Indians were greatly insulted when grey-haired Gere swept up a popular Bollywood actress for a stud-ly-like publicity kiss- and the Indians wanted to arrest him for what they described as a lewd act. Guess Gere never noticed that there is a lot of suggestion in Bollywood flicks, but no action. Thought it was funny - all these "multi-culti" priests and priestesses and then they do a MAJOR faux pas out of real cultural ignorance. Fitting.
2511 - tinga-tinga
I will get an avatar one of these days ...everyone else looks so cool.
2512 - Iwo Gina
Iwo Gina Maryland
I truly believe that there is nothing sadder than a personality that is no longer (if he ever was) relevant, that he makes such a futile and pathetic attempt to re-establish his relevance at the cost of others. In this case, it is not only at the cost of the President of the United States, but also the majority of Americans that voted for him. DF pointed out that as Mr. Gere's comments come nearly 3 years after the election that put our President into office for a second term, it makes his statements not only irrelevant, but I am extremely puzzled as to the timing of the remarks. Is Mr. Gere still fuming over the Florida recount? Or the claims by the Goreacle (Hotel - I hope you don't mind if I use your name for Big Al) that the last election was anything but decisive? I think that Richard needs to get over it already and move on - or, if he just can't bring himself to do that, he should hook up with Alec Baldwin (and perhaps a few other Hollywooders) and finally carry out his threat to "move to Canada" (sorry to any of our Canadian friends that I may offend by this suggestion). I don't know if the rest of the world takes these politically illiterate celebrities seriously or not, but I do know the damage that can be done by them in that their words and actions are a propaganda bonanza for our enemies. It gets to a point where one gets weary of hearing that yet another of our own citizens abroad has made at best, a statement of disrepect, at worst, slanderous and near-treasonous remarks (I refer to Jane Fonda and John Kerry - both of whom I consider traitors and unworthy of U.S. citizenship).
2513 - Iwo Gina
Iwo Gina Maryland
Oops, I meant the 2000 election regarding Al and Florida - it's late, folks, and I've got a lot on my mind (my youngest in the hospital overseas). Sorry for the faux pas and the time-warp - it's a temporary malady that will pass.
2515 - Robicon
Robicon East Coast
Unfortunatley the Lib-tards (especially the Hollyweird variety) think that whatever they say must matter, because - you like me, you really, really like me!. On the same note, on screen toughness usually corresponds to off screen limp wristedness (of the non-homophobic variety (not that there's anything wrong with that (@#^#%^$&@#&@*#^)). Whew...
Most actors, ne - no actors, would know the difference between the Allies in WWII and Che Guevara, they'd insist, to the death, that Che stood on the moral high ground (10's of thousands of dead Cubans to the contrary).
The only way to impress the 'liberal elite' of the grand old USA is to kill a couple hundred thousand of your countryfolk in the name of some -ism (comun-, social- fac-...). Any thing thing less makes you a neo-con.
Fortunately, I'm a neo-con, old school con, Reagan Republican. I don't have all those deaths on my conscience.
2517 - SisterToldjah
*stands up and applauds* Great points, Gina.
I've argued with more lefties than I can count on the significance of dissing your fellow countrymen on foreign soil. They never get it. Not only that, but they will also break out the old "he has a right to say whatever he wants" line, when it's not about having the right to say it, but whether or not it is right to say. These people do not understand that freedom carries the weight of responsibility along with it.
BTW, hope your youngest gets well soon.
2518 - Mike H.
Mike H. Spokane, Wa
It appears that he forgot to reload his Brain Housing Group when he was making 'An Officer and A Gentleman.' That oversight unfortunately leaves one unprepared for mental combat using ammunition of the verbal kind that's obtainable at any reputable EIB outlet. Uuh Rah!
BTW, when undergoing training, at Edson Range, at Camp Pendleton, one has to strip all weapons and clean them for turn in. Evidently he wasn't watching when he disassembled the only weapon that he has. That's too bad as he'll be undefended when he leaves the relative safety of his herd.